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16 October 2019

Deer Stalkers’ Evening, Suffolk

Deer Stalkers’ Evening, Suffolk, 30th October 2019.

At Great Whelnetham Community Centre, nr Bury St Edmunds, with doors open at 6 pm for 7.15 pm

Topics being covered are:

* Landscape deer management project, by Valentina Zini, from the University of East Anglia.

* Professor Rory Putman, BDS chairman, Over what sort of spatial scale does management effort need to be coordinated to deliver effective reductions in deer impacts?

* Wild game meat regulations - what you can legally do with your culled deer. 

Free entry. 

14 October 2019

Deer bTB Survey in Northern Ireland

Currently there is a Bovine Tuberculosis (bTB) epidemic in cattle in Northern Ireland.

The eradication programme for bTB costs and estimated £40 million per year, with an average of 1,000 cattle culled each month. But despite these large-scale eradication efforts, bTB remains a huge problem for the NI farming sector.

A research project is being carried out into bovine Tuberculosis in deer in NI. This project, being conducted by the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI), aims to gain a better understanding of the extent of bTB in red, sika and fallow deer.

07 October 2019

No Deal Brexit Implications in Relation to Ireland and Licenced Firearms

In the event that the United Kingdom leaves the European Union without a ratified withdrawal agreement, there will be some implications in relation to Ireland and licenced firearms. 

British and Northern Irish residents will no longer be able to use a European Firearms Pass.

British and Northern Irish visitors seeking to shoot in Ireland should continue to apply to An Garda Síochána for a Non-Resident Firearm Certificate. The application should be made to the Superintendent of the Garda district where the applicant first wishes to shoot.

Material on this topic is available on the website of the Department of Justice and Equality


27 September 2019

Isle of Wight Deer Survey

Have you seen some deer in the wild on the Isle of Wight or signs of deer such as tracks, deer hair or antlers?

If so it would help with their conservation if you could complete the Isle of Wight Deer Conservation deer survey.

Wild deer are part of the Isle of Wight’s rich natural heritage, historically they are important as the islands special woodlands evolved in their presence. Isle of Wight Deer Conservation wishes to extend their knowledge of deer in the wild on the island so that they can record this for the benefit of present-day and future generations of islanders.

Take the survey

Isle of Wight Deer Survey

20 September 2019

Deer Rut - Top Tips to Stay Safe

Between late September and early November, is the rutting season for many deer species and lots of people enjoy visiting the UK's deer parks to watch and photograph the deer.

As rutting stags are pumped up with testosterone, there are additional risks to be aware of when watching or photographing deer during the rut.

Deer Rut - Top Tips to Stay Safe

This article looks at some of our top tips on keeping safe while enjoying the deer rut.

19 September 2019

Deer Photography Code of Conduct

One of the delights of working at BDS is seeing stunning and often breathtaking pictures of British deer.

Digital photography has made it much easier for all of us to get involved in photography at some level and our BDS social media feeds are regularly full to the brim of deer photos and video.
However, photographing deer can be both a rewarding and frustrating experience in equal measure and the inexperienced may unknowingly put themselves and their subject at risk.

It was with this in mind that BDS produced its Photography Code of Conduct to provide a simple easy to use guide for anyone photographing deer.

Deer Photography Code of Conduct

17 September 2019

Great course - So Much to Learn!

Last weekend it was great to see another group of satisfied candidates on our BDS/Lantra Deer Management Course at Kirkley Hall College in Northumbria.

The BDS training team sends a huge thank you to all who attended and assisted on the course.

BDS/Lantra Deer Management Course at Kirkley Hall College in Northumbria.

Attendees on the course commented:
"Excellent course very well delivered by hugely experienced Instructors', 'Thoroughly enjoyed the BDS presentations and excellent Instructor knowledge; very professionally delivered."

16 September 2019

Irish Deer Commission Launches Deer Poaching Campaign

Campaign Targets the illegal Killing of Wild Deer. 

The Irish Deer Commission (IDC) supported by Government Agencies and key Stakeholder Groups have launched a campaign to help create awareness of the significant increase in Wildlife Crime in Ireland, focusing on the illegal killing of wild deer and Deer Poaching.

The campaign titled “Keep Deer Poaching in Sight” was developed by the Irish Deer Commission with the support of the Department of Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht, An Garda Síochána, Coillte Teo, National Association of Regional Game Councils (NARGC), Countryside Alliance Ireland, British Deer Society and the Deer Alliance to increase awareness among the general public and in particular those who live in our rural communities or those who use our countryside for recreational activities such as walkers and hunters.